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Lockdown Newsletter 28

14th January 2021

More in Morpeth weekly update newsletter. For the duration of the current lockdown, the focus will be on guidance and support. Contact: moreinmorpeth@gmail.com

We are in the Third Lockdown with review scheduled for mid-February but dependent on roll-out of the vaccination programme. “All non-essential retail, hospitality venues, accommodation, leisure and sports facilities, entertainment venues, animal attractions and personal care facilities have to close.”

Government guidance covering reasons to leave home, permitted exercise, shopping, education and work are subject to ongoing review and re-interpretation – but the source information is at https://tinyurl.com/y6sq9ef2

The general vaccination roll-out is through GP Surgeries and the strong message is “don’t contact them – they’ll contact you”. It will be useful to have your NHS No. available. The Pfizer vaccine is in wider use, with the more robust AstraZeneca (Oxford) vaccine being used mainly in remote rural areas and smaller care homes. See Greystoke Surgery https://tinyurl.com/y3c4sgmf Wellway Surgery (Valens Group) https://tinyurl.com/y2wpc68f Gas House Lane Surgery (Well Up North Group) https://tinyurl.com/y5h42gxo GP Surgeries and Hospital Outpatients are all open but operating with reduced staff.

Many NCC (Council) services are running – see: https://tinyurl.com/yxnucvqa

Whorral Bank Tip is open for all domestic waste streams but controlled with access. Van & trailers with domestic waste only are allowed by permit & appointment

Bin Collection, Bulky Waste & Commercial Waste are all operating

Country Parks are open but cafes closed. The Leisure Centres & Museums are closed. Registrars operating by appointment only.

Morpeth Library is open for Select & Collect, and Book Returns 10am – 4pm Mon – Fri 10am – 1pm Sat but with no entry to the building

Food & drink market stalls as counted as essential retail so the Weds Market and Farmers Market (Sat 6th Feb) are running though traders are choosing to attend at individual discretion. Covid19 protocol suggests just one customer per household goes to the market and encourages pre-ordering and collection from traders where possible.

Northumberland Communities Together has returned to providing lockdown support and services, locally through the Morpeth Community Support FB Group with Jack Gebhard as the local coordinator. If you’d like to volunteer (either as part of the WhatsApp group or on the email distribution list) please private message the Facebook Group or email jack.gebhard@morpeth-tc.gov.uk,. If you need assistance or know someone who does call the support hub on 01670 620015 or email NCT@northumberland.gov.uk NCT Website https://tinyurl.com/y3nbtzrl MCSG FB https://tinyurl.com/y53bjrc3

If you’re concerned about someone’s immediate welfare call OneCall on 01670 536400 and in an emergency call 999.

NCC is delivering the Government business support grants through the Northumberland Business Hub see https://tinyurl.com/y3zdg2ks Deadlines, eligibility etc are subject to change so do check regularly. Note too that the newer grants do not necessarily supersede former schemes (eg Tier4 vs Lockdown schemes), you may be eligible for both.

“Coronavirus support is available to employers and the self-employed, including sole traders. You may be eligible for loans, tax relief and cash grants, whether your business is open or closed.”

Advance Northumberland is offering 1-to-1 advice on business support available – email covid19@advancenorthumberland.co.uk and they aim to call back within 24 hours . www.advancenorthumberland.co.uk/about/covid-19/business-support

Food & Drink Businesses can apply for a fully funded mobile app for your business through NCC. Enables customers to place their order, select collection times & pay through the app https://tinyurl.com/yxq2tf9j